It was a disappointing weekend for Uffington in the Rutland League with both their Sunday sides suffering defeats.
Uffington 1sts were beaten by seven wickets by Newborough in Division Three.
With morning rain spicing up the wicket, Uffington’s first team captain Jak Garner lost the toss and unsurprisingly were asked to bat. Barely three overs later, at 3-3 with the top three of Dean Cornish, David Griffin and Josh Bentley all back in the pavilion without scoring, it looked like a bad toss to lose.
In truth, the Uffington wicket wasn’t as mischievous as the score suggested, and good bowling by Vamshidhar Parvathaneni was the chief reason for the early collapse, bowling pacily and full.
Garner (26), Tom Bentley (16) and Simon Larter (22) put on a recovery of sorts, but continued Uffington’s batters’ recently acquired bad habit of getting in, and then getting out with going on to make a big score. With the other bowlers chipping in around Parvathaneni’s excellent 12 overs, 4-29, Uffington sunk to 123 all out after 38 overs.
Only early inroads could halt Newborough’s march to victory, and wickets for Simon Larter and the brutally fast Ben Jennings gave a small glimmer of hope. But coming in at three, Australian pro Robbie Trickett proved there were no demons in the track by smashing the bowling to all parts of the village in a display of clean hitting as a powerful as any seen in recent years at Uffington.
By the time he had racked up 70, supported by a sparkling 34 from Matt Cawley , the game was up, done and dusted in only 13 overs.
l Uffington 2nds paid the price for dropping too many catches at Ufford Park on Sunday in Division Seven, losing by 56 runs.
The home team batted first and openers Jacob Turp and Danny Harrington both played watchfully against tight bowling to lay a solid platform.
Harry Bentley bowled with controlled pace and aggression while Ivan Wilson gave nothing away bowling up the hill. Harrington was the first to fall for 21, controversially given out caught behind by keeper Tim Pratt off Bentley. Young Alex Agnew came out to bat at number three and was dropped first ball, he went on to make 83 not out, leading his side to 226-5.
In reply openers Will Fairham and Harry Carter batted well against some hostile bowling, and they managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over. However Fairham went for 15 and Carter 23 to undo their good work.
Things got worse as Gavin Moss was out for four and skipper William Fry out for a duck. Even Will Hetherington hitting 55 could not prevent Uffington succumbing for 170.